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Steps to work_on_photoshop[1]

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  • 1. STEPS TO WORK ON PHOTOSHOP<br />#1: blur/overlay<br />Duplicate your picture layer by dragging the layer to the ‘new’ icon in the layers palette (ctrl+j). <br />Apply a gaussian blur(Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) Blur it enough that the detail disappears but the shapes mostly keep their form.<br />In the layers palette, change the blending mode from ‘Normal’ to ‘Overlay.’ <br />If you look at the before and after, you can see that this method makes the light tones lighter and the dark tones darker while softening it a touch. Basically, it softly boosts the contrast. If you want a more dramatic effect, try changing the blending mode to ‘Vivid Light’ instead of ‘Overlay.’ <br />Try it on all kinds of shots: portraits, nature shots, you name... <br />#2: filter the background<br />This one can be fun… With a picture open, doble the layer. Use your lasso tool to hardly select the subject of your image. <br />Feather the selection by going to Select > Feather (ctrl+alt+d). We want a pretty large feather, so what you input depends on your picture. Try 50 pixels. Go to Layer > New > Layer via copy. You should end up with just your subject on a new layer with a nice feather to it. <br />Select the layer copy below your subject layer. Start trying out filters. Dark Strokes for this example. Most of the Brush Stroke filters work well with this effect. left0left0<br />That’s it. Try this out with lots of different filters. If you want to tone down the effect, change the opacity of the effect layer. If you want to get more advanced with your subject selection, you can duplicate the layer, mask it out, and use a large soft white brush to paint the subject back in. <br />#3: neon glow<br /> This can add a touch of color and drama to your shot. <br />Duplicate your layer, then pull up Filter > Artistic > Neon Glow. Pick a color that you think will complement your shot. In this photo, the cat is lit with sunlight, so you should go with a yellow to exaggerate that. Start with a glow size of 4 and a glow brightness of 18, then tweak it to suit your shot. This is how it ended up: <br />Change the blending mode to ‘Overlay.’ Also cycle through those modes: soft light, hard light, vivid light, and linear light. Use overlay and vivid light with this effect. <br />#4 easy blur<br /> It’s a wonderfully easy effect to soften a picture. Try it on portraits. <br />Duplicate your layer and apply a Gaussian Blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) so that the details start to go, but not too much. <br />Set the opacity of the layer to 50%. This is a great, super-simple way to soften a picture. It can give it almost a dreamy look. Play with opacities until you find something that works really well with your shot. <br />

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